NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

Remembrance Sunday

The Government has published guidance on Remembrance Sunday. This states that the COVID-19 Alert Levels, across all tiers, provide for a specific exception for Remembrance Sunday events for participants and spectators, provided the event organiser undertakes appropriate precautions. So local authorities in England can organise outdoor Remembrance Sunday events at a public war memorial or cenotaph if they complete a COVID-19 risk assessment and take all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the virus. They must also take into account the national guidance on outdoor events, including all cleaning and hygiene precautions. It also provides information on what activities can be involved, who can attend, test and trace requirements and communal worship. The Royal British Legion has updated their website with suggested COVID-19 safe Remembrance Sunday activities. They have also have created a virtual field of remembrance where people can virtually plant their Tribute from home, and explore other Tributes made to remember the fallen.

NALC Finance and Scrutiny Committee

NALC's Finance and Scrutiny Committee met remotely on 15 October, here's a summary:

  • Councillors were pleased to authorise the audited accounts, which will be reported to our forthcoming annual general meeting (AGM).
  • The Committee received the management accounts for the first quarter and a year-end projection and discussed the impact the pandemic was having on our finances, including some reduced costs and lower-income.
  • They agreed to make some changes to the budget in light of this and also recognised the importance of investing in our website and IT systems to support the new normal.

County association annual general meetings

At this week's County Officer Zoom call we were joined by Jo and James Hand, the co-founders of Giki Zero, a free carbon audit tool that can be used by individuals and organisations to track and reduce carbon output. Beyond the free tool, the pro tool is discounted for charities and public sector bodies and allows tracking individuals and their actions across an organisation. It's a straightforward and informative tool amd worth checking out.

Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2020 18:36 by Alison Robinson

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